Shoe inserts are any kind of non-prescription foot support designed to be worn inside a shoe. Some arch support and other inserts advertise as “custom-made,” but only a device prescribed by a doctor and crafted especially for your foot is a true orthotic. Southwest Foot and Ankle Center, located in Lewisville, Plano and Irving have the latest in custom orthotics to treat a variety of foot ailments, including flat feet, ankle deformities, and other causes of foot and leg pain.
Custom orthotics cushion your feet, provide comfort, and support your arches, but they may not correct biomechanical foot problems or cure long-standing foot issues. The podiatry team at Southwest Foot and Ankle can correctly diagnose your individual condition and recommend the best type of orthotic treatment to work for you.
Do you have diabetes? Problems with circulation? An over-the-counter insert may not be your best bet. Diabetes and poor circulation increase your risk of foot ulcers and infections, so schedule an appointment with Dr. Reza Mobarak, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA.
Custom orthotics are specially-made to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet and the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after Dr. Mobarak has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs.
Types of Prescription Orthotics
- Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion. They may be used to treat foot pain caused by abnormal motion; they can also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Functional orthotics are usually crafted of a semi-rigid material such as plastic or graphite.
- Accommodative orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.
Podiatrists use orthotics to treat foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and foot, ankle, and heel pain. Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Orthotics typically cost more than shoe inserts purchased in a retail store, but the additional cost is usually well worth it. Prescription orthotics are also made of top-notch materials and last many years when cared for properly. Insurance often helps pay for prescription orthotics.
For more information about how custom orthotics may help your foot or ankle condition, contact us or set up an appointment by phone. Call our Lewisville podiatry center at 972-318-2738, our Plano location at 972-805-9985 or our facility in Irving at 972-318-2655.